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07/03/08
Mid-career. Reinvigorating career continuation
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Recruiters, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 12:24 pm

What a nice way for DW to re-establish our connection.
He emailed me telling about his 9 month adventure,
giving some current positive indicators, and wishing
to find a way to succeed where he has come up
short in interviews.

DW is quite talented with chemical process
scale-up and transfer skills.  He is a dogged, attention-to-
details chem engineer with more than a decade of solid
experience under his belt.

He evidently has been able to get interest and interviews
through recruiters but has not been tendered an offer.
Although he is reaching out to his network he has been
attracting about one interesting nibble a month.  The
troubling part is that he has been on the “short end of
the stick” each time.

He needs to convincingly state why hiring him as an
experienced professional is better than a fresh graduate.
He
  solves problems,
  is flexible and
  grows in responsibility in his roles. 
He doesn’t
  wait for problems to “bite you in the ass”,
He can take on responsibilities that are new and
succeed in them. 
He doesn’t wait for a promise of promotion to do more,
he assumes the responsibility and works at a higher level.

INCREASE CHANCES OF GETTING INTERVIEW
 - Expand his employers list where is wants to work
       - Identify the best places to work in all related
            technology fields
Growing fields in greater Boston area:  nano-tech, biotech

       - Determine people who might provide connections
            key contacts
       -
 - Develop your list of references to include known
       people in the fields that you are applying or
       in academia
       - send the list in with your resume;  this is one
            strong advantage an experienced person has
            over someone who recently graduated, use it
       - don’t list people just because they know you;
            list people who know how to provide a strong
            reference, are recognizable names who are
            respected and will give you a promised good
            reference.
 - Continue learning important skills, doing valuable
         things while you are not fully employed
        - join and participate in valued organizations
        - take a more active role in professional societies
        - explore all possible ways to gain new skills
Be a volunteer A-V person in a national meeting short
course offering
Volunteer to help out in professional course work in
local area
Attend free training sessions of new hardware in local
area
Attend governmental environmental groups meetings

IMPROVING INTERVIEW SUGGESTIONS
 - Really work in preparation for interviews
       - get the job description and be able to relate his
             experiences to what the employer seeks
       - find out who will interview him and get background
             on them;  read papers they have given, read
             annual report and get insight on company’s
             direction and ideals;  tell stories that relate
             similarities
 - Listen hard to interviewers descriptions and comments
       for key items they seek;  relate strongly to them
       this is why they want to hire someone… meet their needs
        - customize your stories and experience in short stories
              of accomplishment.

Finding a position in mid-career when you have been out
on the street for a while is tough and demoralizing.  Hopefully,
DW made the right move in contacting me.

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